Police, mayor criticize Top Model; Tyra is “concerned”; models want a second chance

Some of the stampeding short women whose chance to audition for Top Model 13 was cut short Saturday in New York after they rioted over fear that a smoking car was a bomb want Tyra Banks to give them another chance.

“I want Tyra to realize that we were cheated, and it wasn’t fair. I’m tired, angry, hurt, confused, and I didn’t even get to try out,” Babyann Hernandez told the New York Daily News, while Hayley Ayala said, “At least let me submit an audition tape after all of this.” The paper uses just those two models to stand in for what it says are “scores of berserk beauties” who “sent pleas to Tyra Banks, urging her to give them another chance.”

New York City officials criticized the show’s producers for not planning ahead for the large crowd. Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the paper, “If you’re going to have an event where there’s the remotest chance that the crowd is going to be bigger than you expect … call the precinct and make sure they know.” And a police spokesperson said, “The producer of the show didn’t notify the NYPD, so there were no cops specifically assigned there. They needed to alert the police before the event.”

Tyra Banks and executive producer Ken Mok released this statement:

“We are concerned by the events that occurred Saturday afternoon in the vicinity of the New York City casting call for the next cycle of ‘America’s Next Top Model.’ At this time, we still don’t know all the details of what happened or what triggered the incident. We appreciate the efforts of the NYPD and will assist them in any way possible in this matter.”

‘America’s Next Top Model’ hopefuls want Tyra Banks to let them try again [New York Daily News]
Statement by Tyra Banks and Ken Mok [The CW]

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